On 24 February, President Obama signed the Judicial Redress Act. It will come into force on 24 May 2016. It allows citizens of foreign “covered countries” the same rights in relation to misuse of their personal data by government agencies as US citizens. “Covered countries” are those designated by the US Attorney General as having an agreement with the US for privacy protections for data shared for crime prevention/ detection purposes, and for the transfer of data for commercial purposes, and which do not materially impede US national security interests. It is anticipated that the EU/US Privacy Shield will be an important part of ensuring that citizens of EU countries get the benefit of this legislation.
Judicial Redress Act (PDF)